District 26 eNews | Dec. 19th

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Brent T. Ackerson

26th District Councilman
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Jeff T. Noble

Legislative Aide
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Michael Garton

District Liaison 
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Animal Control - 363-6609 

Bon Air Library - 574-1795

County Clerk - 574-5700

Courts System - 595-4428

Drivers License - Bowman Field 595-4405

Drivers License - Downtown    595-4924

Health and Wellness - 574-6520

LG&E - 589-1444

Louisville Water Company -      583-6610

MetroCall - 311

Mosquito Control - 574-6641

MSD - 540-6000

Poison Control - 589-8222

Police - LMPD - 574-2187

Police - St. Matthews - 893-9000

PVA - 574-6380

State Highway Office - 210-5400

TARC - 585-1234

Veterans Affairs - 595-4447

Zoo - 459-2181



As you may have read late last week, Metro Council finished up our business for 2018 and adjourned until January 7th, when many new members will join us and get to work for Louisville families. The 26th District Office will be open throughout that time, except on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 

With holiday cheer and hopes for a brighter and prosperous 2019, my plan is to continue working toward some of the long-term challenges our community faces. We've made good progress and kept our promises to reduce the deferred maintenance of roads and sidewalks in our city. We have also increased funding to help reduce crime across Louisville. With the end-of-the-year budget adjustment, we put some financial resources behind our rhetoric to do something about homelessness in our city. While there is still more to do, I hope you will agree we have made progress this year toward making Louisville a better place to live, work, and raise our families. 

Please let us know your thoughts on what is working and what needs fixing, by filling out our survey here. As always, feel free to call us or drop us an email with your thoughts and suggestions.

Have a wonderful holiday,


Brent Ackerson
26th District Councilman


In This Issue:

Lend a hand (or a coat or blanket) to help the homeless


As the weather gets colder, it becomes increasingly dangerous for those who are homeless. Many people want to help but don't know the best way to do so.

There are many outreach organizations who are checking on homeless individuals and distributing needed supplies. If you can, please consider donating the following items:

  • Coats
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Blankets

Check out the Coalition for the Homeless’ website to see some of the member agencies that are working to provide these supplies to those who need it most.

Dec. 21 | JCPS Assignment Survey


Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) has opened a survey to gather input from parents, students and community members as the district reviews and considers changes to its student assignment plan. The survey runs through Friday, Dec. 21.

Information from the survey, and from a series of community listening sessions held earlier in November, will help form a recommendation to the Jefferson County Board of Education in early 2019. Changes to the plan would begin being implemented in the 2020-21 school year.

The district reviews its student assignment plan every five to seven years and makes changes as necessary. Since the current student assignment plan was approved, multiple factors have changed, including population shifts and changing student demographics; passage of a racial equity policy; a districtwide review of JCPS facilities and magnet programs and policies; and the state audit.

The survey is available here and you are encouraged to complete it. In addition, students, parents and community members will be selected at random to complete the survey, making sure to include respondents from specific groups and organizations to ensure an accurate report.

Dec. 22 | Last Day to Drop Leaves

Louisville Metro leaf drop-off service, originally scheduled to end December 1, has been extended by three weeks.  Metro residents not mulching autumn leaves into their lawns or using curbside collection have the option to dispose of them at one of three drop-off sites through December 22.

Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

Leaf drop off sites:

Public Works Yard
10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)
Thursday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Works East District Operations Center
595 Hubbards Lane
Thursday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Works Waste Reduction Center
636 Meriwether Avenue
Tuesday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.



Donate books to homeless and disconnected youth


Collecting blankets for homeless veterans in our community

The Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana (SCAK) and the Youth In Action Network (YIAN) are collecting blankets for the homeless, veterans, and the needy in our community.  This event is in celebration of the Martin Luther King Day of Service 2019, and our collaboration with Blanket Louisville and the Louisville Metro Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Donors are encouraged to put a blanket on their holiday shopping list to donate to this worthy cause.

Slightly used or new blankets can be dropped off:

Daily at:
Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services
701 W. Ormsby Ave, Ste 201
Louisville, KY 40203

On January 5, 2019, from 1 to 3 pm
Bon Air Library
2816 Del Rio Pl.
Louisville, KY 40220

For further pickup or drop off information
Contact:  Jo Ann Orr


Jan. 8th | Passport Job Fair


Need a Fresh Start next year?


The Friends of the Jefferson County Public Law Library, in conjunction with Louisville Metro Council has launched a program designed to assist with the legal representation of Jefferson County residents in seeking expungement of eligible old criminal cases.

All Jefferson County residents who believe they may be eligible to expunge old criminal cases are invited to come to the law library during regular business hours, to fill out an application for eligibility.  Program attorneys will review all applications and let applicants know if they have been accepted as a client.  Applications will be accepted until the available funding is exhausted.

This program is supported by Neighborhood Development Funds provided by the Louisville Metro Council.

If you are interested in applying for expungement through the Fresh Start Program please print off and fill out the Confidential Client Questionnaire and the Affidavit of Defendant to file In Forma Pauperis (financial assessment forms).  Bring these forms to the Jefferson County Public Law Library anytime between 8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday.  A staff member will notarize your affidavit at that time.  Your application will then be passed on to one of the contract attorneys who will determine and notify you of your eligibility.

 Confidential Client Questionnaire

 Affidavit of Defendant


Metro Emergency Repair Program

For low-income families in Louisville, the City may provide home repairs in dire emergency situations. If you or someone you know has need for this assistance, please contact their office directly. Learn more from the program's website here


  • Must be owner occupied for at least one year.
  • Not available on rental property.
  • Must meet income guidelines (See Intake staff)
  • May receive assistance once in a five year period.
  • Louisville-Jefferson County residents only


  • Furnace Repair or replacement (October-April only)   
  • A/C Unit- Repair or replacement (Requires medical statement, Available May-Sept. only)   
  • Electrical repairs/upgrades.    
  • Water Line repairs/replacement.   
  • Sewer Line repairs/replacement.   
  • Water Heater repair/replacement, Gas or Electric.   
  • Gas Line leaks.

For further information contact Jackie Wilson-Rudy at 502-574-5850 or Jacqueline.Wilson-rudy@louisvilleky.gov

Yard Waste Pick-up Suspended January-March 2019

For residents of the Urban Services District, Louisville Metro will be suspending weekly collection of yard waste from January 19 through March 11, 2019. Individuals may request collection as needed through MetroCall at 574-5000.


Learning at Your Neighborhood Library

The Louisville Free Public Library has much more to offer than just books you can check out. They offer free internet access, books on tape, CDs, DVDs, and many classes and events for kids, teens, and adults. Click the photo or name to see what programs are available:


Bon Air Public Library

2816 Del Rio Place 40220
(502) 574-1795


St. Matthews Public Library

(502) 574-1771

*This location is undergoing renovations, and regular programs will be held offsite until Spring 2019. Please check their calendar for the latest information.


Newburg Public Library 

4800 Exeter Avenue 40218
(502) 479-6160